TGIF Moneyballers! Tonight’s clash sees the Eels swim into Suncorp Stadium to face the Broncos and as always Moneyball is here to kick it up a notch with tonnes of comps for you to enter.
The Broncos snapped themselves out of one hell of a form slump last week with a dour win over the Dragons but doubts remain as to whether they can recapture the magic that saw them as the competition pace setters early in the year.
The Eels have every right to shut up shop and start the prep for 2017 but never count out the spirit of a footy player to fight and compete til the bitter end.
James Roberts ($8,100)
Roberts is so fast he should be in Rio racing for gold but instead the 23-year-old centre is burning up the NRL field. Roberts’ try scoring record of 40 tries in 72 games speaks for itself and he’s continued this year tallying up 8 tries, 14 line breaks, 78 tackle busts, 3 try assists, 8 offloads and avg. 110 run metres. Despite these impressive numbers it’s pretty widely recognised that Roberts hasn’t been at his best and if the Broncos are going to get back to their best, Jimmy will need to unleash his full potential.
Josh McGuire ($7,500)
McGuire has been immense for the Broncs this season, so much so that he fought his way back into Queensland Origin and Aussie test selection. The 26-year-old prop plays like a rampaging bull, he never takes a backwards step and is always the man you can count on to do the hard yards for the Brissy club. Josh has a huge engine, racking up 29 tackles and running for 137 metres a game and on top of this he has 14 offloads and 16 tackle busts.
Michael Gordon ($7,300)
Gordon has been the solid, consistent presence at the back of an ever changing, tumultuous backline. The Eels custodian puts in a solid performance every time he steps onto the footy field and seems to be stable off it, which is something I’m sure Parra fans wish they had a little bit more of. Gordon’s 2016 stats sheet reads; 4 tries, 10 line breaks, 59 tackle busts, 2 try assists, 4 line break assists, 9 offloads and 115 run metres.
Manu Ma’u ($7,400)
The 27-year-old is a beast on the footy field and his battle with members of the more fancied Broncos pack will go a long way towards deciding this fixture. Ma’u is relatively new to the NRL, only having played 53 games so far but the hard running back rower is quickly building a fearsome reputation. Ma’u has 2 tries, 6 line break assists, 25 offloads, 3 line breaks, 24 offloads and averages 118 run metres and 25 tackles.
I tipped the Broncos last week and they finally came through for me, so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Broncos by 8.
That’s all she wrote Moneyballers, how does your team match up? Remember to like, share and comment and keep an eye out for all the other comps coming your way this weekend. Good luck Moneyballers!